Rice Lake State Park

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From Explore MN Tourism

Seasonal Update

Water: (Updated: 01/11/2017) The water is OFF and the shower building is CLOSED for the season. Anticipated water ON date is Friday, May 5, 2017.

Drinking Water: Water is available year-round behind the park office, and seasonally throughout the park.

Bathroom Facilities: See "Water" above. Vault toilets are available throughout the park; see All Season Map for locations.

Showers: See "Water" above.

Dump Station: While the park does not have a dump station, there are three located approximately 10 miles west of the park in Owatonna.
Cabela's ($5 fee)
Kwik Trip #403 (Owatonna, MN)
Owatonna Wastewater Treatment


Campgrounds: The main campground has 40 standard campsites. Sites do not have water or sewer hookups. Rustic sites include walk-in, cart-in, canoe-in, and a group site that can accommodate about 50-60 people.

Electric Sites: There are 18 electric sites with 50/30/20 amp hookups in the main campground. All electric sites are located in Loop B.

Special Notes for RV Campers: The park has gravel spurs. Spur length ranges from 35' to 55'.


Contact Notes:

Late fall, winter, and early spring:

Office hours vary. Please contact the park office, at the number below, for times. If no one is available, please leave a message.

When the office is closed, use the self-service area at the front of the office to purchase daily and annual permits. Annual permits purchased through self-service will be mailed.


Trail Notes: There are approximately five miles of hiking trails, three miles of ungroomed cross-country ski trails (easy), and about three miles of snowmobile trails. Snowshoeing is allowed anywhere in the park except on groomed trails. Dog sledding is allowed on the lake. Check with the park office for ice conditions.

Winter trail shelters are available. One shelter, located near the boat ramp, has a wood burning stove. The other shelter, located near the group camp, is not heated.

Season Rentals: Canoe & kayak rentals are available at the park office. The park's picnic shelter is available for rent by contacting the park office.

Naturalist Programs and Park Tours: Please click the "naturalist programs and other activities" link located under "Park Notes" in the middle of the park's main page.